Who is not in favour of chocolate? How about wine? In Brtonigla, a gastronomy paradise near Umag in Northwest Istria, you can easily pair both. For already five years, Tourist Board of Brtonigla prepares Choco&Wine Fest, a unique gastronomy festival in Croatia. New trends in chocolate world and local sweet delicacies have been presented together with wine champions of this Istrian municipality.
Same weekend hosted Seventh Brtonigla Adventure Trek, which gathered some 300 trekkers from several countries. Three trails, of various length and intensity, led many to appreciate the beautiful nature of this part of Istria. All of them could later come to the Brtonigla’s main square in the chocolate tent.
Sweet sense of chocolate tears the air inside, where many chocolate masters showed their expertise. Especially interesting program of cake decoration by Dragica Lukin from Vila Soši in Umag was indeed a delight. Dragica and her son Igor Lukin showed how the chocolate is rightly tempered and decorated. Vila Soši is somewhat a legendary sweet centre of Umag, dedicated to the preservation of traditional sweets and heritage of Croatian delicacies.
Choco art & show of Italian sculptor Stefano Comelli featured the chocolate jewellery, especially chocolate rings, favourite among kids and adults. As the carnival season is high, Vili Radonić from Pula made chocolate masks.
Wine was in no shortage either. Sunny weather gathered also many wine enthusiasts who indulged in wine tastings of renown Brtonigla wine makers Novacco, Veralda, and Ravalico. Istrian Malvasia and Muscat are among the best wine sorts coming from these wine cellars and go excellent with various chocolates.
The tent in Brtonigla was too small for all the guests arriving to this first gastronomy festival in the year in Istria.
Photos by: Elvis Horozović
Passionate chocolate lovers always on the quest for more in the sweet world of chocolate tastes and flavours are invited to the fourth Choco & Wine fest in Brtonigla, revealing the new trends of pairing chocolate with wine to its visitors.
The festival will be held on Saturday, 20st February 2016, from noon until 7 pm within the premises of the future Museum of Wine and Rural Production as well as in the area around the building.
On that day, you will be able to enjoy a menu that will, in a special way, blend chocolate and wine with the traditional products from Brtonigla, such as cheese, honey, olive oil and the special bread from 4 soils.
The Brtonigla Adventure Trekk, a sports program organized by the Trickeri Association from Pazin, attracting over 250 participants from Croatia, Italy and Slovenia every year, will be held in the framework of the festival.
Contact Brtonigla Tourist Board Phone: +385 52 774 307
From 13.02. – 20.03.2016. gourmands will have an opportunity to savour delicious sea morsels at the Days of seashells organized by the tourist boards of Umag, Novigrad, Brtonigla and Buje on the territory of north-western Istria. Restaurants will offer imaginative menus at favourable prices!
The culinary delicacies will be paired with premium local wines and olive oils this region is renowned for far and wide. Istrian shells – scallops, mussels, sea truffles, Noah’s arks, queen scallops and oysters have a special flavour owing to clean sea. They are brought to the plate both wild-grown and cultivated.
The shell cultivation tradition can be traced back to antiquity and scallops are most frequently harvested from the waters off the west coast of Istria, in the vicinity of a fresh water source, primarily at the estuary of the river of Mirna, known for premium samples. They are best during winter, and whichever recipe you choose, you can’t go wrong. In stewed savoury sauce seasoned with classical spices like garlic and parsley, tomatoes, olive oil and white wine, with homemade pasta, in risottos, oven baked, grilled or in sophisticated modern combinations.
Days of seashells are an excellent occasion to visit north-western Istria in February, especially on St. Valentine’s day!
Tourist Boards of the cities of Umag-Novigrad-Brtonigla-Buje
Phone: +385 52 757 075